Rain on a Tin Roof

Film21. March 2017
By: John Hill
Photo: Screenshot
Artist Matthew Mazzotta's Cloud House in Springfield, Missouri, consists of an open-air pavilion, a sculptural cloud, two rocking chairs, and a rainwater collection system that are meant to illustrate the water cycle and "our fragile dependence on the natural systems that grow the food we eat."

Symphonies of Light

Film15. March 2017
By: John Hill
Image from "Lumia Suite, Op. 158" (Photo: Courtesy of Yale News)
The Yale University Art Gallery has resurrected the mesmerizing Lumia compositions by artist Thomas Wilfred – including a piece commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in 1963 – as part of its exhibition Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light.

Streaming Design

Film 9. March 2017
By: John Hill
Image: Netflix
Netflix is celebrating the creative industries in an eight-part documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design, which portrays one designer per episode, each in a different field. Architecture is represented by none other than Bjarke Ingels.
Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët (Photo: Hisao Suzuki)
Accompanying the announcement that Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes have been selected as the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates are a trio of short films on the studio and some ideas behind their architecture.

A Look at Apple Park

Film24. February 2017
By: John Hill
Photo courtesy of Apple
A short film accompanies Apple's announcement that employees will start moving into Apple Park, the company's new 175-acre campus designed by Foster + Partners, in April.
Photo: Screenshot
On 31 January 2017 Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha delievered a public lecture celebrating his receipt of the 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Earlier this week RIBA published the lecture online.

A Fantasy in Cardboard

Film14. February 2017
By: John Hill
Still from "Dave Made a Maze"
Dave Made a Maze, a feature-length film that premiered last month at the Slamdance Festival in Park City, Utah, features a living room fort made of cardboard that, when entered, turns out to be a fantastical world with booby traps and monsters.

VR Hadid

Film 1. February 2017
By: John Hill
Photo: Screenshot of "The Great Utopia"
On the occasion of the exhibition Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings at the Serpentine Galleries in London, four "experimental virtual reality experiences" have been developed by Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group in partnership with Google Arts & Culture. 

Destroying the Cubicle

Film31. January 2017
By: John Hill
Photo: Screenshot
Late last year New York artist Jonathan Schipper installed a generic office space in Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas. Slowly and imperceptibly the cubicles and other office fixtures were destroyed via cables and a mechanical winch. A new film by Walley Films reveals the destruction.

Exploring the 'Ex of IN' House

Film24. January 2017
By: John Hill
Photo: Screenshot
Architects Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia give viewers a tour – experientially and conceptually – through the Ex of IN House, a guest house located on 28 forested acres in Rhinebeck, New York.